Joanna Hardy trained as a goldsmith before working for De Beers valuing and grading rough diamonds, before becoming one of the few women diamond dealers, trading in Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Mumbai and New York. She worked as a senior jewellery specialist for Philips Auctioneers, and for Sotheby’s London, where she was responsible for jewellery sales in New York, Geneva and London.
Hardy is now an independent jewellery consultant, delivering seminars, jewellery masterclasses and lectures worldwide. She writes for the international press and is a published author with her books Collect Contemporary Jewelry and Emerald both published by Thames and Hudson, and a contributing author for Cartier Panthère published by Assouline and GRAFF published by Rizzoli. Also curates contemporary jewellery exhibitions and is a regular jewellery expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Is a Liveryman of the Goldsmith’s Company, a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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